EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACTIVITIES form the second branch of OMI. First courses started in October 2013 at OMI Centre in Yangon and focused on Myanmar’s transition to democracy and civic education, citizenship and democratic system. All courses are open to the representatives from all ethnic minorities in Myanmar and our objective is to educate future training instructors in all Myanmar regions and ethnic states, who will give their trainings in their respective hometowns. First courses of this type in Shan and Kachin states have already started and were further extended to other Myanmar ethnic states and divisions.
Participants of OMI Civic Education and Transition to Democracy Course receiving Course Diplomas
Key course on local governance and civic education focused on training of the trainers from the different ethnic states and Myanmar divisions, was held at the end of January 2015. In February-March 2015, the trained participants the training of the trainers provided nice local trainings to other representatives in their respective ethnic states and divisions with the substantial support of OMI.
Participants of civic education and local governance course in Yangon with Ambassador of Canada H.E. Mr. Mark McDowell, OMI Executive Director Aye Kyaw and Chairman of OMI Advisory Board Ko Ko Gyi
In July 2015, OMI organized intensive course on Myanmar Economic Transformation for the representatives from Myanmar Ethnic States and Divisions, which provided theoretical as well as practical knowledge on economic issues and Myanmar´s transformation process. We received a very good feedback from the course participants, who are influential activists in their respective communities.
Introductory speeches by OMI´s representatives Aye Kyaw, Ko Ko Gyi and Ye Aung
Participants of OMI Myanmar´s Economic Transformation Course from Myanmar ethnic states and divisions
With a view to key Myanmar elections on 8 November 2015, OMI prepared and organized courses of voters education for the representatives from Sagaing Division and Kachin State, which focused considerably also on increasing the election knowledge among the grassroot people. We held 500 short term cascading trainings – 220 short term cascading trainings in Kachin State and 280 short term cascading trainings in Sagaing Division. In total, 28334 participants from both regions received voter education trainings. According to the data published by Union Election Commission, there was a higher number of citizens voting in the regions, where we held the trainings.
Participants of Training of the Trainers for Voters´education in Kachin State
Local Cascading Voters Education Trainings in Sagaing Division
From January to July 2016, we have been organizing local governance training courses for representatives of Myanmar ethnic states and divisions as we see inseased knowledge of local governance as a key for sound development of Myanmar. This training project includes 2 trainings of the trainers held in Yangon and 8 local cascading trainings held in respective ethnic states and divisions – 4 in Lower Myanmar and 4 in Upper Myanmar. Approximately 300 participants were trained in local governance courses. We added an important research element to the courses so that the courses participants perform their own research on local governance knowledge in their respective townships and villages. We are currently starting new series of local governance courses and intend to continue this important program in the years to come.
Seminar within the Local Governance Training of the Trainers in Yangon
Within the education of former political prisoners programme, OMI ran also the English language/Public Speaking Classes for representatives of Student Unions and Ex-political prisoners since November 2013 to August 2015. In 2014, OMI organized also the computer education classes, designed also mostly for ex-political prisoners. Further course focusing on Myanmar´s economic transformation and its consequences started in July 2014 and lasted until January 2015. Course on International relations with a focus on Asia, ASEAN and Myanmar´s foreign policy started in January 2015 and lasted until July 2015.
OMI closely cooperates with various domestic and international subjects (incl. NGOs, CSOs, think tanks, educational institutions, embassies, etc.) as sharing the experience and best practices is also highly desirable. Open Myanmar Initiative engages external teachers and trainers for various subjects. Detailed information on our education and training activities are available at OMI Website.